The holidays are upon us once more, where does all the time go? Seems like we just had Christmas and I took down my decor and put it away. Now it's nearly time to take it all out of the boxes and start to deck the halls for another year...
So for this year, I've made a promise to try to be less commercial. To be less worried about presents under the tree, and more concerned with who's there to share the holiday season with me.
To sit near the tree with it's glowing lights and drink hot cocoa. Snuggle under blankets, and play games and laugh. This is how memories are made, not by spending more money than you should on gifts that may soon be out of style, out of sight and out of mind.
The things that we should cherish are the intangibles. The Christmas sweater your grandma lovingly knit for you. The way your parents look at each other while exchanging gifts. Holding hands with someone you love. Seeing Christmas through the eyes of your child. These are the memories, these are the intangibles.
So this year make a promise, to cherish the things that are important, to pause and reflect on what the holidays are really all about. Regardless of religion or spiritual beliefs, take a moment to be thankful for the abundance that we have in our lives. There are those who may not have enough to eat, a roof over their head, or someone that loves them to share the day with. Try doing something randomly just because you can. Pay for a coffee for the person behind you and never say a word. Hold the door open for someone who has their arms full of packages, and smile. The gift of a smile can make all the difference in someone's life. A smile can take a bad day and make it a good day, and it cost you nothing. So try to give the gift that "costs nothing". Give a kind word, a smile, a handshake, whatever it is, make it count, it matters...Make it a Merry Christmas and let it resonate around the world.
Now for some serious business: Please know I have limited internet access hence, I've not given an individual THANK YOU to each of you. BUT, FROM NOW ON, I will try to send you a smiling Emoji so that you know your words and your gifts are appreciated. Please know you are all fabulous individuals, and I'm eternally grateful for your presence in my life. THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart.
And a bit more serious business...If you haven't received a rating or a swap from me. I will respond ASAP. And thanks again to all you wonderful swappers.
P.S. If I've sent an item to you with incorrect postage, please let me know, and I will gladly send you postage to cover your loss. Thanks for reading all of this. .
I have diverse interests...Art Journaling, making art dolls, altered art, Zentangles, furniture painting, sewing, crochet and the list goes on. Dotee dolls, pincushions and just about anything else.
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS. I would really like to receive any of the following... Thank You in advance.
Stickers, and sticker flakes, just no teacher reward
Die cuts of nature, birds, flowers, vines, anything but kiddie stuff.
Anything steam punk
Pretty paper napkins, Please no kiddie nappies.
Project Life cards.
Punches you no longer use, but are still usable. I have exactly 3.
Washi tape and deco tape, love it!
Die cut templates, used, for the original sizzix manual die cut machine.
Self adhesive pearls & gems for making embellishments.
Micron pens for zentanles.
Double sided papers, at least 6 x 6".
Address labels with cool designs.
Cool paperclips, flags, & stickies.
POSTCARDS! I love postcards
STAMPS:, used, old, whatever, old coins from other countries.
Bits and Bobs for making junk journals and for making my planner cool.
EPHEMERA: the real deal or reproductions, I enjoy vintage and shabby chic, eclectic items.
Old art from books that are not in great shape anymore...Unusable but brightly colored, and patterned childrens' book pages, the larger the better to make envies out of. OR...just a couple really beautiful pages.
Old photos, Old posters, old maps, book pages in foreign languages, note cards old and new, and valentines. Stationery sets.
Any kind of food, baking/cooking stickers, cut outs etc. for my scrap/recipe book.
Things I like from nature: Butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, Otters are one of my favs. Also Big cats, i.e. lions and tigers, panthers, etc. I love dragons, although they are mythical. I also have a love of wolves and large breed dogs such as Irish Wolfhounds, Great Danes, Dobermans, etc. I have an appreciation for all animals.
I collect tarot cards, singles, multiples and old decks that don't call to you anymore. I love the unusual and unique artwork. Some are extremely beautiful. I'm attempting to accumulate 78 different cards for a personal deck.
I'm also into natural remedies, herb crafting, wild food foraging, etc. Anything related to these topics, and if you have a dried herb to share along with notes on how to use, etc..
I collect small wind up toys of any type. They're not expensive, usually a couple bucks. Tea cups and saucers, fairies and gnomes, and oh, if you find a smooth flat rock in your yard or on your travels, I'll take it! I love to paint rocks...
Air sign. Accumulate sticks, stones, seeds, (flower and veggie) Heirloom and non-gmo. wildcrafter, wicca, nature lover, studying herbalism. Against violence, prejudice, cruelty, and hatefulness. Believe that your religion is your business and between you and your God, and so is mine. Believe all paths lead to god. Love candles, incense, feathers, shells, and stones.
Guess that's it for now...phew.
Like my crafting interests, my musical, literary and movie choices are vast and varied. In books everything from Koontz, King, Stirling ) Patterson too, Evanovich (she makes me giggle out loud). I am an avid reader and author's are too many to mention.
MUSIC: OK, some classical, and new age. ROCK N ROLL!!! Stones, Doors, AC/DC, Iron Butterfly, Free/Bad Company, Janice Joplin (have ALL her music). Fleetwood Mac, Moody Blues, Joanie Mitchell...Almost any music except thrash and hard core rap.
MOVIES: Action and adventure, good comedies, and movies that make me think and/or make me cry. Some all time favorites: Practical Magic, Nanny Macphee, Hocus Pocus (sensing a vein here?) The War Horse, Life of Pi, and some oldies like Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, etc.
COLORS: Greens of all hues...kiwi, lime, emerald, seafoam, sage greens. Some deep blues, i.e: royal, ocean, cerullian. Also like rust, cinnamon...deep tones.
MY YUCK LIST:.
I HATE, abhor and despise anything with artificial sweeteners. No chemical sweetners please.
Also, I prefer not to receive religious items. No offense to anyone or their individual beliefs.
Kiddie stickers, I have no small children
1 or 2 sticky notes
Paper torn from a spiral notebook
Pieces cut from an old calendar unless it's artsy, or has interesting artwork/pictures
I Don't do farm themes, ducks, chickens and fruit themes
In general, junky stuff.
I take a great pleasure in sending off my swaps...I write a note or card to everyone I send to, and I appreciate the same...
So with all of that...thanks for reading all of this clutter. .
SPECIAL NOTICE: Please note, that if you were a partner of mine and you haven't received a rating from me...(and of course, you've sent the item). PLEASE contact me and let me know who you are and what you've sent.
I ALWAYS SEND MY SWAPS...If for some reason you haven't received a package from me,, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE email me and let me know. I will send off another packet as quick as I'm able.
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